I am pleased to let you know that Zynthian 2103 is released today. This is the much anticipated stable release that so many people have contributed to and help to test. If you have been updating your Zynthian regularly then you will have experienced the enhancements and bug fixes that have been applied over the past year since Jofemodo announced Zynthian OS Buster SD Image: Next Release.
If you are currently using the master branch and update you will be moved to the stable branch. We aim to keep this as stable and defect free as we can although plan to update regularly so that we have a rolling stable release. For production we recommend use of the stable branch.
There is also the testing branch. You can opt-in to the testing branch by using webconf to enable testing under the SOFTWARE->Repositories menu. Testing branch should be familiar to you as it is similar to the old master branch. We plan to keep the testing branch as stable as we can whilst adding features and bug fixes more rapidly than the stable branch. Please subscribe and use testing, giving us your feedback and bug reports. We recommend using testing for non-production purposes. You may wish to experience new features but then switch back to stable for rehearsals and performances. (I recommend rehearsing with stable so that you maintain a level of familiarity to support performance.)
We anticipate 2103 will be the last stable release based on 32-bit Debian Buster. There will be hot-fixes and point releases to deliver urgent bug fixes and some feature enhancements.
You may notice a more robust development, test and release process which we hope will improve user experience. Stable should always work and testing should have only small disruption (we aspire to none).
Jofemodo will update the image so that it is based on the current stable branch, i.e. 2103. I do not expect updates to the image until a change occurs to the stable release, i.e. the image will remain aligned with the stable branch. (This should reduce confusion on what image to install and the behaviour after installation.)
In the words of our beloved leader, update and enjoy.